Purple passionflower

(Passiflora incarnata)

Other names: Apricot Vine, Purple Passionflower, Rose-coloured Passionflower, Maypop Passionflower, Passiflore Sauvage, Fleischfarbene Passionsblume, Granadiglia Incarnata, Flor-da-paixão, Passiflora, Pasiflora, Kristova Kruna

Purple passionflower is native to Northern America. Its name was given by the 16th-century priests as a referral to the Passion — the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The five petals and the five sepals are said to represent the ten faithful apostles, excluding Peter and Judas. The tips of the leaves indicate the point of the centurion’s spear. The central flower column denotes the flagellation of Christ, with the flower’s tendrils representing the whips. The circle of hairlike rays above the petals suggested the crown of thorns, three stigmas represent the nails, and the five anthers reflect the five sacred wounds. The red stains refer to the blood of Christ. Purple passionflower contains tannins, coumarin alkaloids, flavonoids, tyrosine, and glycine. Its active ingredients include chrysin, vitexin, coumerin, and umbelliferone. Chrysin is the most studied component because it binds to benzodiazepine receptors sites and is an agonist for GABA activity, especially at A type GABA receptors on nerve cells, decreasing activity in the nervous system.

Purple passionflower may be beneficial for anxiety, insomnia, stress, ADHD, adjustment disorder, pain, diabetes, menopause, premenstrual symptoms, menstrual cramps, indigestion, cough, fibromyalgia, muscle cramps, seizures, asthma, irregular heartbeat, and heart failure.

Compliance: cosmetics ingredient

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